Firstly, let me wish you a Merry Christmas, and thank you for all your support this year (both Vero4K and otherwise related).
Nothing urgent, just thought you’d like to know I’ve been experiencing stuttering on 720 and 1080p playback of files on both encrypted and unencrypted partitions.
As is normal, here’s chapter and verse…
I’ve not been using the Vero that much recently in the usual manner (directly playing files from a locally connected usb hdd, and a locally connected monitor), plus illness has left me ambivalent regarding consuming tv shows and films.
I recently installed Samba on the Vero, and had been using a Raspberry Pi 2 with an ALFA Network AWUS051NH V2 (Version 2) 2.4/ 5GHz Dual Band USB WiFi unit, with Detachable RP-SMA Antenna and Ralink RT3572 Chipset as the playback device.
I experienced frequent pauses / freezes, which may, or may not, be due to wifi issues (using 2.4ghz as I’ve at the time I had Kodi 17.3 installed, and was unable to switch to 5ghz. I’ve since installed the latest Osmc on the Pi 2, but performed no further testing, as I started experiencing random, severe stuttering on local playback for short periods on a range of x264 files. Some media seems bullet proof, others randomly falters.
As the drive holding the media is relatively new, and encrypted at partition level, I spent several days eliminating hardware failure (my drives are all mirrored, with identical hardware), via a full low level drive scan, and a full bitwise comparison of the files on primary and backup disks.
Tonight I was watching h265 media from an unencrypted drive, from a different manufacturer, and saw the exact same issue (albeit after several hours of flawless playback).
Top showed no unexpectedly high CPU usage.
I’m wondering if Samba could have caused this, even when no external sources are accessing Vero’s shares.
Should I update to the latest build (currently I’m using
Linux Osmc_Vero_4K 3.14.29-132-osmc #1 SMP Mon Nov 26 00:05:01 UTC 2018 aarch64 GNU/Linux)?
All the best